Members reconvened following the summer months for the annual retreat on Saturday, September 8, 2012, in preparation for the upcoming programming year. The retreat serves as excellent way to foster closer ties amongst the chapter, and thereby furthers the mission of the organization, “friendship and service.” The speakers for the retreat were Ms. Lydia Lewis Alexander and Ms. Melva Tate. Ms. Alexander, a retired educator, is a member of the Birmingham Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and is the Immediate Past Southern Area Parliamentarian. She presented information on Robert’s Rules of Order. Ms. Melva Tate, owner of Tate and Associates, LLC, conducted a workshop on the Components of Team Building.